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Haase Retains Kitzbühel Title

Kitzbühel, Austria

Haase© Eibner-PressefotoRobin Haase celebrates capturing his second ATP World Tour title.

Dutchman Robin Haase retained his bet-at-home Cup Kitzbühel title on Saturday in a rain-interrupted final against Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany.

Third seed Haase improved to 9-0 lifetime at the ATP World Tour 250 clay-court tournament with a 6-7(2), 6-3, 6-2 victory over top seed Kohlschreiber in two hours and eight minutes.

"I didn't feel too much pressure even if I was the defending champion," said Haase. "I was a bit nervous in the first match against [Philipp] Oswald. From the quarter-finals on, I started a bit nervously before calming down and winning.

"I'm happy I won here again. I don't think many players have won here twice. It doesn't happen too often nowadays. I'm very proud of that."

By capturing his second ATP World Tour title, Haase won €64,700 in prize money and 250 South African Airways ATP Ranking points. Kohlschreiber, who is now 4-3 lifetime in title matches, received €34,080 and 150 points. On Monday, Kohlschreiber will make his debut in the Top 20 of the South African Airways ATP Rankings.

Kohlschreiber was the dominant player in the first set, but could not convert any of his six break point opportunities. He held his nerve in the tie-break, before a heavy rain shower suspended play for more than one hour.

Upon the resumption, World No. 42 Haase dropped eight points on his serve in the second set, before taking an early lead in the decider. Kohlschreiber fought hard, saving five of seven break points, but Haase’s greater firepower helped him to his 18th match win of the season. Last year, the 25 year old beat Albert Montanes for the title.

Both players will now travel to London for the Olympic Games Tennis Event, which is underway at the All England Club, Wimbledon. Haase will play No. 16 seed Richard Gasquet of France, while Kohlschreiber is set to face Slovenian Blaz Kavcic.

"I will fly to London tonight at 9 p.m.," said Haase. "Against Gasquet, I have to play with confidence and serve well."

Kohlschreiber dropped to a 36-17 match record on the season, which includes one ATP World Tour title at the BMW Open in Munich (d. Cilic).

"The last two days were very intense,” said Kohlschreiber. “It was a great tournament and [I have had] a great season so far.

"It's a bit tough right now, but I'm still happy since I reached the Top 20 with my performance this week and I played very well here."

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